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Smart to start charging Php2 per 1MB this November 28

Smart has announced last week that they will be changing their default data charging rate from Php5 for 15 minutes to Php2 for every 1MB. This is effective November 28, 2017. The new Php2/MB rate now removes the default time-based charging for all Smart Postpaid accounts.

We are enhancing our pay-per-use data billing model of Php 5 for every 15 minutes of data consumed to Php 2 for every 1MB consumed. With this enhancement, we will be able to better serve you and your data needs. Please read below to know the new benefits, features, and change in postpaid experience — Effective November 28, 2017

All existing Smart postpaid comes with an Add-on Data Plan. If the data allocation for the plan has been completely depleted, subscribers may choose to (1) subscribe to another data add-on plan OR (2) enroll to the Php2/MB default data rate by texting DATA ON to 9999.

You get notifications when your Php2/MB usage reaches Php500, Php1,000 and Php2,000 amount. The additional charges stop at Php2,500 so you won’t pay for data more than this amount. Technically, you will get unlimited data at Php2,500. However, your speed will be throttled to just 128Kbps until the end of the billing cycle.

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is one of the pioneers of blogging in the country and considered by many as the Father of Tech Blogging in the Philippines. He is also a technology consultant, a tech columnist with several national publications, resource speaker and mentor/advisor to several start-up companies.

46 Responses

  1. Avatar for universeou0 universeou0 says:

    bye porn

  2. Avatar for obatas obatas says:

    permi rna sila gataas pero ila service kai gaubos… pakaulaw rmn na silla .. mamawi na sila kai pag,abot sa 2019 kai wla nai smart connection ang government na ang mgadumala… antos sa tah kai muabot ra ang panahun nga daghan sila mangawad,an ug trabaho tungud sa ila pagtaas sa bayad unya hinay nga service…..

  3. Avatar for Ano daw? Ano daw? says:

    lilipat sila sa Globe eh ganyan na rin sila.. haha.. check their terms and conditions

  4. Avatar for Kunsel Kunsel says:

    Bakit copy paste sa comment at reply yung ronald? Tiga smart ka ba?
    Pabasa na lang din yung FAQs ng Smart sa website nila. Pag naubos na data allocation di na makaka access sa internet nila unless mag subscribe ng data add on o kaya mag register sa 2 pesos per MB. Wow na wow

  5. Avatar for vivo vivo says:

    hahay tataba at tibatiba na naman ang mga na upper management ng smart. fat ass.

  6. Avatar for Annunaki25 Annunaki25 says:

    Apektado na mga Corpo Account SIm dito?

  7. Avatar for Stebano Stebano says:

    Lang kwenta talaga tong smart. sana matuloy yung pasok nang new telco para mag mura sila lahat..,

  8. Avatar for deuts deuts says:

    Wait, this applies to Smart Postpaid only? What about Smart Prepaid and Smartbro accounts?

  9. Avatar for cb cb says:

    congratulations smart, you have reached a new level of dumb!
    im a heavy bandwidth user, i currently use PLDC, i mean pldt lol.
    normally, i consume around 1gb of data a day. and 9-10gb when i do something heavy like downloading.
    jesus, ph will be the laughing stock once again in the international forums…
    we will be heavily shatted upon once again by foreigners, because anywhere else has better internet plans
    than our developing country,

  10. Avatar for des des says:

    LOL! what part kaya ng statement ang magulo?

    SMART will still have its data plan promos, this will only take effect once your ADD ON DATA PROMOS, DATA PLAN runs OUT, the USER still decides if he will get another DATA PROMO or THIS NEW DATA charges..

    anong pinag sasabi nyo mga kalokohan dyan?

    • Avatar for vivo vivo says:

      gahaman talaga

    • Avatar for vivo vivo says:

      bogo ka! “We are enhancing our pay-per-use data billing model of Php 5 for every 15 minutes of data consumed to Php 2 for every 1MB consumed.”
      yung 5 pesos atleast 20MB+ na nga yung ma download ko sa 15 minutes pag LTE
      Hindi to nyo e-enhanced. pinalala nyo lang yung internet ng pilipinas, ang taas kaya masisingil nyo pag LTE yung network, malakas MB download rate. dapat 5 pesos ginawa nyo 30 minutes.

    • Avatar for lsp lsp says:

      hindi ka affected kasi siguro hindi malakas gamit mo ng data. good for you. e pano naman ang katulad ko na heavy data user na nakatira sa isang isla na walang DSL, hindi uubra ang mga data add-ons. kailangan ko at least 5GB per day data, and even higher when downloading larger files. as of now, naka open data lang ako, willing to pay P20/hour. pero with this new scheme, limited ako to 1.25GB per month kasi throttled na pag umabot ng P2,500 ang data consumption. uulitin ko, hindi uubra sa situwasyon ko ang Surfmax at Gigabytes kaya naka open data lang ako. Kaya suwerte mo kasi hindi ka affected. kaya sana tumahimik na lang ang mga hindi affected at pabayaan niyo kaming affected to voice out our feelings about this over-priced data scheme.

  11. Avatar for Erwax Erwax says:

    Putik Smart ano na nman yan mga gahaman, patay nah lahat consumer nyo

  12. Avatar for carl carl says:

    itinatapon ng smart mga users nila sa kabila. pero honestly comparing between smart and globe, mas ok connection ng smart, sa globe mas mura mas panget connection. pero i hope smart do charge us accordingly

  13. Avatar for aral aral says:

    buti pa siguro bombahin nalang mga tower…ang laki na ng nagastos ko dito…

  14. Avatar for aral aral says:

    now i realize kaya pala mayroong anti terorist ay dahil din dito…hahayyyyyy buhay

  15. Avatar for Ronald Ronald says:

    Napansin ko lang ang daming nagalit agad. Eto po yung nakalagay sa article:

    “All existing Smart postpaid comes with an Add-on Data Plan. If the data allocation for the plan has been completely depleted, subscribers may choose to (1) subscribe to another data add-on plan OR (2) enroll to the Php2/MB default data rate by texting DATA ON to 9999.”

    Hindi naman po automatic na Php2/MB pakibasa na lang ulit

    • Avatar for lsp lsp says:

      Malinaw naman na hindi automatic. ang kinagagalit lang namin e masyadong mahal ang P2/MB. halimbawa, gusto mo mag-update ng Facebook at Messenger mo dahil may bagong version. halimbawa, ang total ng dalawang updates e 125MB. tapos gagamit ka ng data to update. magkano? 125MBxP2=P250. yan ang nagastos mo sa pag-update. E dati, P5/15 minutes ang charge, so sa P5 mo, na-update mo na ang Facebook at messenger mo at may chance ka pang manood ng video clip sa Youtube dahil hindi naman aabot ng 5 minutes ang pag-update nung FB at Messenger mo.. Yun ang point nung iba. parang masyadong mahal ang P2/MB na charge.

      If you’re not heavy on data usage, you can opt to register to GIGA50 for 1GB (3 days). para tipid. Pero kung heavy data user ka (tulad ko), magre-react ka talaga kasi dati naka-open lang ang data ko kasi kulang ang 1GB for one day sa akin and Am willing to pay P20/hour. kaya yung mga heavy sa data usage lang ang affected talaga nito. kasi mapapamahal sila (kasama ako) kung hindi ko ililimit sa 1GB ang data usage ko. Which is in my case, impossible.

      Kaya kung hindi ka affected, good for you. But let those who will be affected by this new scheme (like me) to voice out their anger.

  16. Avatar for Rei Rei says:

    how about prepaid are we also affected by these? I sometimes use the minute based charging to download huge files using LTE/4G.

  17. Avatar for rickz32 rickz32 says:

    This new profit-oriented gimmick by Smart is ridiculous. I encourage others to file a complaint to NTC just as I did. This is the link: http://ncr.ntc.gov.ph/?page_id=19.

    Hopefully the government will have the balls to reverse this or order the telcos to at least offer reasonable rates.

    By the way Globe does the same.

  18. Avatar for Jules Jules says:

    I like the news, they’re giving government reason para papasukin ibang telco company. Tuloy nyo lang yan

  19. Avatar for gago smart gago smart says:

    tang ina nyo mga mukang pera

  20. Avatar for Hahaha Hahaha says:

    Paurong ata magisip ang smart? Hindi naman April 1 ngayon? Hahahaha

  21. Avatar for Equinox Equinox says:

    Globe is laughing out loud for this and they love it!

  22. Avatar for Kent Kent says:

    I’m not a subscriber but I’m not happy about it. I didn’t see any benefit.

  23. Avatar for MBgame MBgame says:

    dapat pala 0.015 cents per MB sa postpaid

  24. Avatar for Raleigh Raleigh says:

    THE ABSOLUTELY WORST “mvp”-inspired (or desperate) IDIOCY pldt/smart has ever thought of doing for its consumers. FACEBOOK & CHINA Telecoms will EAT YOU ALIVE! JUST WAIT, YOU TIMAWAS!!!

  25. Avatar for LaLa LaLa says:

    Sogod GLOBE!!!big mistake Smart.nc try

  26. Avatar for smartbulok smartbulok says:

    anu yan kagaguhan ginagawa ng smart -..- 2php per 1m anu to TAXI bakit nd na lang keo mag sara OVER priced naman ata yan LIPAT NA SA GLOBE MALAMANG o

  27. Avatar for ronaldeu ronaldeu says:

    PUTANG INA!

  28. Avatar for aaaa b aaaa aaaa b aaaa says:

    simply amazing

  29. Avatar for marvin marvin says:

    smartass move trying to be streetwise?

  30. Avatar for binoy binoy says:

    Sige pa SMART, itaboy nyo ng itaboy lahat ng subscribers nyo sa kabila. Wala na bang maisip yung mga jurassic sa kumpanya nyong gawin kundi kumita agad pero in the long run ay maubos yung mga subscribers nyo dahil sa pagkagahaman nyong kumita ng malaki ngayon. Sayang ang ginagawa nyong expansion ng network nyo kung wala ng gagamit nito dahil lumipat na sa kabila ang mga subscribers nyo.

    • Avatar for Ronald Ronald says:

      “All existing Smart postpaid comes with an Add-on Data Plan. If the data allocation for the plan has been completely depleted, subscribers may choose to (1) subscribe to another data add-on plan OR (2) enroll to the Php2/MB default data rate by texting DATA ON to 9999.”

      Hindi naman po automatic na Php2/MB pakibasa na lang ulit

  31. Avatar for centsPer MB centsPer MB says:

    35 to 45 cents per MB sounds fair for postpaid subscribers.

  32. is not this an overpriced allocation in Postpaid subscribers? if a postpaid subscriber consumed 600MB on top of his plan399 with 3GB allocation. He will pay Php1200 more?

  33. Avatar for Lawrence Lawrence says:

    Damn! I’m a heavy data user. And my bill is pegged at ~P2,500/month. it is very seldom that I encounter slowdowns. I consume over 1.25GB/day. With this new data charging, I can only enjoy LTE speeds for 1 day (1.24GB = P2,500) and the rest of days (29-30 days) of my billing cycle, my speed will be throttled to 128kbps (unless I register to other data packages)?! Tama ba pagka-intindi ko? Damn!

  34. Avatar for xtian xtian says:

    Globe 2GB = 90php gotscombo promo for 1 week
    Smart 2GB = 4kphp

    GOOD JOB SMART HAHAHA

    • Avatar for Kent Kent says:

      haha. pero hanggang 2,500 pang daw yung babayadan mo sa bagong pakulo nila kaso sobrang bagal na ng speed. pero masyadong mahal parin kompara sa globe promo.

    • Avatar for Ronald Ronald says:

      “All existing Smart postpaid comes with an Add-on Data Plan. If the data allocation for the plan has been completely depleted, subscribers may choose to (1) subscribe to another data add-on plan OR (2) enroll to the Php2/MB default data rate by texting DATA ON to 9999.”

      Hindi naman po automatic na Php2/MB pakibasa na lang ulit

    • Avatar for Rick Rick says:

      Prepaid vs postpaid pricing. Apples to oranges. Mas better comparison is Smart 1gb open access + 300mb youtube for 50php for 3 days. That’s 2GB open access plus 600mb for YouTube for 100php vs 2gb nyo for 90 for 7 days.

      So good job sa comparison mo.

  35. Avatar for Jude Jude says:

    i can not take smart’s word that it will be better. it will be more expensive. Just imagine how many mb does a web site has? if it’s 5mb then everytime you load that site, 10 will be charged everytime. kalokohan sinasabi nilang better service because you will pay more.

  36. Avatar for luh luh says:

    bale, 500 pesos for 250MB of data? Pag accident mong na-update or download ang apps mo, yari ka sa charges.

    • Avatar for Ronald Ronald says:

      “All existing Smart postpaid comes with an Add-on Data Plan. If the data allocation for the plan has been completely depleted, subscribers may choose to (1) subscribe to another data add-on plan OR (2) enroll to the Php2/MB default data rate by texting DATA ON to 9999.”

      Hindi naman po automatic na Php2/MB pakibasa na lang ulit

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